Broken Links, Enduring Ties: American Adoption across Race, by Linda J. Seligmann

By Linda J. Seligmann

Family-making in the US is in a country of flux—the methods humans compose their households is altering, together with those that decide to undertake. damaged hyperlinks, Enduring Ties is a groundbreaking comparative research of transnational and interracial adoptions in the United States. Linda Seligmann uncovers the influence of those adoptions during the last two decades at the ideologies and cultural assumptions that americans carry approximately households and the way they're constituted. Seligmann explores even if new types of households and groups are rising due to those adoptions, supplying a compelling narrative on how adoptive households thrive and fight to create lasting ties.

Seligmann saw and interviewed a number of adoptive mom and dad and kids, non-adoptive households, non secular figures, academics and directors, and adoption agents. The booklet uncovers that adoption—once utterly stigmatized—is now usually embraced both as a romanticized challenge of rescue or, conversely, as easily one amongst a number of how you can make a relations.

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Dreams, symbols, signs, and coincidences also motivated parents to adopt and served as critical guides in deciding how to adopt and from where. This popular religiosity can be counterpoised to the religious metaphors that permeate adoption narratives and are appropriated deliberately by adoption brokers and agencies in encouraging prospective parents to adopt. ” Through the embrace of these metaphors and religious beliefs, adoption becomes situated within the rescue efforts that Naomi Klein (2007) calls “disaster capitalism,” thus highlighting how economic and political power may infuse the religious motivations of some to pursue adoption as a way to make a family.

Spar 2006: 176) Spar lays out the paradoxical situation in which a highly regulated “business” has historically operated in a “laissez-faire” manner with a hodge-podge of regulations and public and private agents and institutions, and in which humanitarianism is well mixed with the dynamics of consumerism. Concluding that it is impossible to separate economics from politics in the “baby business,” she argues for more uniform and systematic regulations of adoption as a matter of “property rights” both inside the United States and internationally: Embed this market in an appropriate political and regulatory context, to impose the rules that will enable the market to produce the goods we want— happy, healthy children—without encouraging the obvious risks.

RA15) Helena found that most of the brokers she encountered—interpreters, doctors, and judges primarily— advocated to get children into homes and out of the orphanages. One sensational case in the United States drove home some of the sobering and contradictory effects of the regulatory environment on transnational 40 Power and Institutions adoption. In 2010 a single mother from Tennessee sent her 7-year-old adopted son back to Moscow with a note to the Russian Ministry of Education stating she “no longer wanted to parent this child” because she could not cope with his psychotic and violent behavior.

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